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Training Up Our Children

Ephesians 6:1-4

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” – which is the first commandment with a promise – 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

82015 RayToday we will finish our look at this week’s verses by looking again at verse 4. This verse reads – Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Looking at the last part of that verse we read again – bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.  We’re instructed in Deuteronomy to train up our children.

Deuteronomy 6:7 – Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

A familiar proverb reads like this – Proverbs 22:6 – Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Parents – our church wants to partner with you to train up – to rear – to raise up – your children – in the way of the Lord.  Two influences – the family/parents and the church – will make a larger impact working together than they could possibly do working a part.  We want to be Biblically sound and to follow the admonition of our Lord to train up the children.  Please – join with us as we team to make a difference in the next generation.

How can you help? Talk with your child’s Sunday School teacher and ask how you might help. Ask the person in charge of your children’s education program (for FUMC that would be Kelly) and see how you might help. Become involved. Help with WOW – our children’s worship program during both services (ask Ingrid or Jenna about how you can help). Show that you care and want to support the children’s ministry and you will be amazed at how the program will benefit.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 2, 2015 - Posted by | Build, Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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